Longest Lunar Eclipse of the Century

Pablo Tucker
July 27, 2018

Nigerians from every nook and cranny of this country can see one of the greatest astronomical spectacles of the 21st century tomorrow.

The Earth's red shadow will begin creeping across the moon at 1:15 p.m. A "Blood Moon" occurs when the moon lines up with the Earth and sun, with the Earth's atmosphere refracting the light onto the moon causing it to turn red.

"While more common than the solar eclipse, the event is nonetheless fairly unusual, with even partial eclipses rarely happening a few times or twice per year and each is only visible from a portion of the Earth".

The total lunar eclipse will also head over to Australia, but will appear a little later on.

Until then, you can watch the July 27 lunar eclipse via live stream and prep for the January 21 supermoon lunar eclipse by reading up on supermoons, here.

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Image The Earth will pass between the sun and the moon for 103 minutes

The last time Mars was bigger and brighter than this was in 2003, when it was less than 56 million kilometres away from Earth.

"From that point onwards, the shadow of the Earth will slowly retreat across the lunar surface until the partial eclipse comes to completion".

According to QCH experts lunar eclipses can be seen with naked eye unlike solar eclipses, which need to be looked at using eclipse glass or filters.

Total lunar eclipse will be visible throughout most of Asia (including Qatar), Africa, Europe, Australia, Southern America, and parts of Northern America.

Head media and corporate communications of the Agency, Dr. Felix Ale, told The Guardian: "The Eclipse in Nigeria will start around 6:44pm as partial eclipse and developed into a total eclipse around 7:30pm".


The eclipse was also visible in Stewart Island in the far south of New Zealand.

No other Lunar Eclipse will be as long as this in the century.

The "blood moon" effect is created due to light passing through Earth's atmosphere, which scatters blue light, meaning the moon turns a reddish colour.

"Hence the appellation of "Blood Moon".

Even though the Earth will be lined up directly between the moon and the sun, the moon will not be blacked out completely.


This is sometimes referred to as a 'micromoon, ' and is the opposite of the well-known supermoon, or perigee (when the moon is at its closest to Earth).

As the entire eclipse will occur when the moon is fairly close to the horizon, the main thing to ensure is that you have a clear sightline to the south east.

During the eclipse, the moon will pass through the umbra - the darkest part of the Earth's shadow - and take on a red glow.


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